Irish Sailing Women at the Helm


It is with great reluctance that we have decided, along with hosts the National Yacht Club, to cancel the Irish Sailing Women at the Helm 2020. Despite the tremendous energy behind the event, the health and safety of sailors is our number one priority, and in the light of the ongoing Covid-19 situation and the complexities arising from this it became clear that the event could not go ahead. 

Irish Sailing are extremely disappointed for yet another event to be lost to COVID this year, so we now look forward to 2021 and the Women at the Helm in Royal Cork Yacht Club.  Get your calendars out and book your leave for a trip to Cork the weekend of Sat 4th & Sun 5th Sept, Royal Cork Yacht Club.

On a personal note, I would like to thank everyone for their incredible support and enthusiasm for Women at the Helm as an event and the Take the Helm campaign to encourage more women to move into positions of leadership. The campaign goes beyond the race course and creates leaders on committees, instructor teams and management.

Keep on helming. See you in Cork. 😊


Irish Sailing Women at the Helm

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th September 2020
Royal Cork Yacht Club

Take the Helm, Join the Fun

Great Craic, Great Sailing

The Irish Sailing Women at the Helm returns to National Yacht Club for one more year. This event gives all sailing women an annual sailing goal and to encourage a move from shore to boat, crew to helm or club event to regional event.  The event is open to PY Dinghy Racing and Keelboat Racing from Teens to Seniors. Anyone can enter the event and have some fun, with the only proviso being that a woman needs to helm and 50% of the crew need to be women. Female helms currently stand out from the crowd in a male dominated sport, let’s change that.

Save the date and look at linking up with 2 other boats from your club and enter as a team of 3 for the Club Team Perpetual Trophy - Ireland's FIRST Club Perpetual.

Now Taking Expressions of Interest


What is Women at the Helm?


Women at the Helm is an event with racing and cruising, combined with plenty of camaraderie and craic  ...

  • Women helms aged 16 + are invited to join.
  • Keelboat and dinghy fleet racing options.
  • All sizes of keelboats are welcome.
  • Dinghies <1220 can join - single handers, double handers, multi handers are welcome'
  • Coastal Race.
  • Women take the helm and the lads are welcome to crew.
  • Prizes for Under 25 teams, all women teams, over 60s and by class.
  • Cruise in Company with the Cruising Association of Ireland.

The Women at the Helm likes to be as environmentally friendly as possible and in 2019 the event won the prestigious Clean Regattas Platinum Award - Ireland's only event to win this.

Women at the Helm also has the added interest of Ireland's only club team prize - enter 3 boats and bring home the Roy Family Club Perpetual Trophy.


Ideas to Support More Women to Take the Helm in Your Club or Centre

If you would like to encourage more women to take the helm in your club, class or centre, here are a few ideas you may like to consider ...

  1. Promote to this event to your members
  2. Encourage the move from Crew to Helm with Crew Swaps
  3. Give Your Club Team Support
  4. Support with Boat Charter
  5. Organise Club Training
  6. Boat Share
  7. Contact your Local Sports Partnership for support
  8. Share your stories of Women at the Helm on social media and news
  9. 20x20 Visibility is important, so share images
  10. Invite more women on to committees to inspire the next generation
  11. Develop more female Race Officials
  12. Powerboat Driving Training for Women
  13. Encourage Sailors to move from Club to Local to Regional to National Events
Crews and Helms

If you don't have a boat or don't have a crew reach out and we will try and match you up

CREW looking for a BOAT
BOATS looking for CREW
HELMS looking for a BOAT


or take a look at the boats available to charter